“There’s so much we don’t understand”: James Cameron Often Gets Carried Away on Avatar Sets, Claimed He Has To Remind Himself To Stick To the Science

James Cameron Often Gets Carried Away on Avatar Sets, Claimed He Has To Remind Himself To Stick To the Science
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James Cameron is one of the most well-respected directors in cinema. He has a distinct, large-scale, filmmaking style that has made his films stand out in a way none have before. Some examples of the masterpieces created by him are Titanic, the Avatar series, the Terminator series, and Aliens. Through these projects, which are some of the most successful projects of all time, he has won a number of awards, including Oscars in categories, like Best Picture and Best Director.

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James Cameron

Having dabbled in science fiction often, Cameron has been confronted by a conflict that is faced by many directors in the genre, having to maintain a balance between science and fiction. During an interview with the director Dune, Cameron talked about the subject specifically, and now he has to, frequently, remind himself to stay rooted in reality.

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James Cameron Understands His Audience’s Opinions

James Cameron did an interview with Variety, alongside an equally respected director, Denis Villeneuve who is best known through projects like Blade Runner, Prisoners, Sicario, and most famously, Dune. During this, the two discussed in quite detail, what it’s like creating such large-scale projects and the influence they have had on visual effects. Cameron specifically started to talk about how audiences interpret the worlds they create and the logic behind how and why things happen.

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James Cameron

“This is what i ask my writers to do with me the Avatar sequels. There’s a whole mesianic through line in these stories on my side, probably inspired by Dune. And the idea that there is a scientific explaination for every single thing that happens, but you don’t have to accept it. You can also except it at a level that doesn’t require explanation. There’s some sense of a higher order. A higher meaning”

The director stated that even when writing logical explanations and reasonings behind why things happen, he has made it a point to remind himself that regardless of what science has to say about why things are happening, it is okay for audiences to not accept these explanations. Elaborating on this, he stated that it is quite common for the viewers to put their own meaning, be it religious or spiritual, behind why certain things happen the way they do in his films.

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James Cameron Is Drawn To Spiritual Themes

James Cameron then went on to state, during this interview with Variety, that when making projects, he is quite frequently, drawn, much more to spiritual themes and storylines, rather than scientific ones. He added that despite his fascination with this, it causes quite a lot of internal conflict in him.

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James Cameron

“I find myself drawn to spiritual themes at the same time grabbing myself by the neck as saying, ‘but you’re an empiricist. you’re a hundred percent an empurists. You don’t believe in the supernatural.’ But I do. I think, in the sense that there is so much that we don’t understand and nature is so vast. Nature is the miracle.”

Elaborating on this, the director revealed that even though he is drawn to spiritual elements and finds the things unknown about nature as extremely fascinating, he, quite frequently, stops himself from exploring those themes simply because of his own ideologies and beliefs.

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Source: Variety

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